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Tyronn Lue: Cavaliers Replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in Starting Lineup

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In the hopes of shoring up one of the worst defenses in the league while shaking the Cleveland Cavaliers from their month-long slump, the Cavs are replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup, coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday.

“We’re going to start Tristan,” Lue said. “Jae has been playing good the last few games and it has nothing to do with Jae. He’s been great. He’s all about the right things. He’s all about the team. You hate to make these changes. Not saying it’s permanent, but he’s about the team. Went and talked to him this morning and he said, ‘Whatever is best for the team. I’m all in.'”

Lue said that Thompson’s presence will shift Kevin Love back to his natural position at power forward. He also said Thompson should be able to mesh well with Isaiah Thomas in both covering pick-and-rolls on defense and executing them on offense.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Sources: NBA to Hold Virtual Draft Lottery on Aug. 20

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The NBA plans to hold the Aug. 20 Draft Lottery virtually, with 14 team representatives appearing via virtual display, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is likely to miss the rest of the season, sources tell ESPN.

Simmons will have a loose body removed from his left knee in the coming days, the team announced Saturday.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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MRI on 76ers star Ben Simmons’ left knee came back clean and he’s expected to be day-to-day, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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